Contemporary Southeast Asia

This journal of international and strategic affairs focuses on domestic politics, international affairs and regional security in the Asia-Pacific environment through news and analysis of trends and events.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1, April

Enemies of the People
Enemies of the People. Directed by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath. Old Street Films, 2009, 94 minutes. Enemies of the People is a documentary film extraordinary in the scope of its investigation. Indeed when art becomes evidence at a tribunal, you...
Foreign Investment in Myanmar: A Resource Boom but a Development Bust?
In February 2011 media outlets worldwide reported that China had surpassed Thailand as the largest foreign investor in Myanmar. (1) China had US$8.25 billion of approved investment in fiscal year 2010-11 (which in Myanmar runs April to March), all...
Myanmar's Police Forces: Coercion, Continuity and Change
The Police department has always been and will always be one of the most important branches of administration of Burma. Daw Mya Sein The Administration of Burma (1938) For more than half a century, whenever reference has been made to Myanmar's...
Politics, Business and the State in Post-Soeharto Indonesia
In Indonesia, the process of reformasi (i.e. reform), which started with the fall of President Soeharto in 1998, has led to the ascendance of business in the political arena. A growing number of entrepreneurs-turned- politicians have captured the power...
The Perils of Incoherence: ASEAN, Myanmar and the Avoidable Failures of Human Rights Socialization?
In 2006 the ASEAN Eminent Persons Group reported that the problem with ASEAN was "not one of a lack of vision, ideas or action plans. The problem is one of ensuring compliance." (1) ASEAN's seeming inability to develop pro-compliance pressure to breathe...
Twin Coalition Politics in Malaysia since 2008: A Path Dependent Framing and Analysis
The General Election of 8 March 2008 significantly altered the political parameters of electoral politics and constituted or at least contributed to a reconfiguration of the political landscape in Malaysia. (2) In terms of electoral politics, it may...
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